Maybe you've heard of "energy work" previously -- or perhaps this is your first experience. Despite our human tendency to simply define and concisely categorize...energy work encompasses manyâ€‹ modalities and theories. There are many approaches. Energy work practitioners, predictably, have differing perspectives. Some approach their work from a very scientific perspective. Others incorporate religious or spiritual traditions to their work. Despite such broad diversity, there are some aspects of energy work that allâ€‹ modalities have in common.
Everything is energy.
Yes, everything is energy. Even that which seems physical is, when broken into its smallest components, pure energy. Our physical human bodies, for example, are really just physical manifestations of applied chemistry and physics, animated by a form of energy we call a spirit or soul. Yes, the human body is a biological miracle and a beautiful example of "emergent properties," yet when characterized by its individual "physical" components it is composed of the same -- albeit less dense -- energies that compose a wooden table or a metal lamppost. (Each of our bodies is just a soup of subatomic particles -- such as protons, electrons, and neutrons -- vibrating at different frequencies.)
That upon which we focus tends to expand.
Beyond the purely physical, even that which we consider intangible is just energy. Our thoughts are energy. Our spoken words are energy. Our emotions are energy. Thoughts and emotions are a great example of the effect of the intangible on the physical. Ask yourself: what happens to your body when you feel stress? With enough stress, you feel physical manifestations of stress. Stomach pain is common in young children and intestinal discomfort is a common stress response in adults. These very physical alterations are caused by intangible energy: in this case, thoughts and emotions. If negative thought energy can cause a negative physical response what can positive thought energy do?â€‹ This is a basic premise of energy work.
Energy flows where attention goes.
You may also have heard this phrased another way: "energy follows thought." Have you ever noticed that the more you obsess about something the more obsessed you become with it? Have you ever worried yourself sick over something that, the more you thought about it, the worse your scenario seemed to be. But did the world end? No -- we're still here. You may feel as though your world ended (or was about to end), but it didn't -- not really. Even though some aspects of our lives come to a close, we're still here. And we're OK.
"A belief is just a thought you keep on thinking."
Everything is energy.
Energy flows where attention goes. (Or "energy follows thought.")
Energy/attention can be directed to initiate natural healing.
A common question that folks have when first learning about energy work (Reiki, dowsing, etc.) is..."how does it all work?" Distance energy work especially seems to be a matter of interest.
Let me be the first to say that the exact mechanisms are not understood. However, we do know (and have a wealth of evidence and research to support) that it does work!
There are a few concepts that may help you develop an understanding of what's really "going on" with energy healing and distance energy work. Gregg Braden and Pam Grout, among other authors, expertly discuss some of these in their work. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
The power of "intention" is the power of our focused thoughts to affect reality. The power of intention has been demonstrated to cause healing in person and via distance. Medical examples and meditation experiments are particularly interesting.
Universal Consciousness ("Collective Unconscious" / "Unity Consciousness")
Whatever you call it, Universal Consciousness refers to a shared pool of knowledge and understanding that we are all connected to (or that we possibly create and maintain through thought). This force is one example of our innerconnectedness. Though we may "feel" and believe that we are separate beings, concepts such as the Universal Consciousness suggest otherwise.
Examples and Ideas for Further Reading
Quantum Healing Experiments
The Research behind Reiki
Experiments regarding the Vibration of Water
Again, these are just a few ideas to get you started on this fascinating topic.
Once referred to as "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (CAM), integrative health modalities are intended to work hand-in-hand with allopathic or osteopathic medicine. The emphasis is not replacing one symphony with the other, but rather utilizing both to harmonize one's health.
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